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Alto Shiraz 2012

Corporate animal.
Corporate animal.

Cape Legends is the premium wine division of Distell and when it comes to sheer wine quality, I’m on record as saying that the wines involved generally under-deliver. Alto is one of those in the portfolio and while most of the stuff from this Stellenbosch property has been middling in recent times, I thought the Shiraz 2012 was pretty good.

Red and black fruit, some not unattractive vanilla, pepper and spice. Rich and mellow but not entirely lacking in freshness, extraction and oaking well judged. Kind of what you’d hope a blue-chip label like this would deliver. Can’t tell you awfully much more as the unsolicited sample arrived without any accompanying information and the fact sheet on the website applies to the 2010 vintage.

Score: 89/100.


  1. Fact sheet has now arrived and talk about “rich and mellow”: Matured for 18 months in 60% American and 40% French oak, a combination of first-, second-, and third-fill. Abv 14.47% RS 3.9g/l, TA 4.6g/l and pH 3.5.


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